• Human rights advocate and barrister Julian Burnside.
Human rights advocate and barrister Julian Burnside will receive the heralded 2014 Sydney Peace Prize in a ceremony at Sydney's Town Hall.
By
Ron Sutton

Source:
World News Australia
4 Nov 2014 - 2:36 PM  UPDATED 4 Nov 2014 - 4:04 PM

Human rights advocate and barrister Julian Burnside will receive the heralded 2014 Sydney Peace Prize in a ceremony at Sydney's Town Hall.

Previous winners include such people as South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix.

The Melbourne lawyer is being honoured for what the Sydney Peace Foundation terms his brave and principled advocacy for human rights and those wronged by government.

Also, the Foundation says, the award is for his insistence that Australia respect its legal obligations towards those seeking asylum.

Julian Burnside talked with Ron Sutton about the honour and what he intends to do with it.

(Click on the audio tab above to hear the full interview)